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The Brief American Pageant , Sixth Edition
David M. Kennedy, Stanford University
Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Thomas A. Bailey
Mel Piehl, Valparaiso University
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Chapter 6
Developing The Chapter: Suggested Lecture Or Discussion Topics

  • Compare the French empire in America with those of Britain and Spain.

    The emphasis of the comparison might be on showing that France's empire was like Spain's in having close relations with the Indians, like Britain's in developing settler colonization, but different from both in focusing on trade and missions rather than on precious metals or agriculture.

    REFERENCE: W. J. Eccles, France in America (1972).

  • Explain how and why the British won the French and Indian War. The focus might be on the reasons for the early French successes (particularly the alliance with the Indians) as well as the reasons for the eventual British triumph (superior numbers, resources, leadership, and strategy-especially in the Battle of Quebec).

    REFERENCE: Francis Jennings, Empire of Fortune: Crowns, Colonies, and Tribes in the Seven Years War in America (1988).

  • Examine the French and Indian War, and the other colonial struggles, from the perspective and the historical situation of the Indians. Consider how they viewed the struggles between European powers, and how they tried to make tensions between settlers and colonial governments work to their advantage.

    REFERENCE: Richard White, The Middle Ground: Indians, Empires, and Republics in the Great Lakes Region, 1650-1815 (1991).

  • Develop in more depth the chapter's key paradox: that Britain's victory over France-which the British colonists officially supported-actually created new sources of tension between Americans and the mother country.

    REFERENCE: Alan Rogers, Empire and Liberty: American Resistance to British Authority, 1755-1763 (1974).